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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Ford Focus RS

The 2009 Focus Rallye Sport has a price: £24,995 when it goes on sale in the UK in March. That will put you about £4,000 over a Focus ST3, but for that extra money you get a car that could be much closer to Ford's WRC competitor than it is to its ST3 sibling. The 300 horses and 325 ft-lbs is channeled through a six-speed manual to the front wheels, and a wider track joins beefier driveshafts, thicker anti-roll bars, tuned springs and uprated dampers.

The car comes with a bodykit that only an RS could wear, as well as things like heated door mirrors and windshield, xenon headlights, Recaros, and Ford's Easy Fill fueling system. Only a few options are available, the ritziest one being the Luxury Pack that will give you things like automatic climate control and rear parking sensors. Thankfully, based on how popular these cars are among the five-finger set, an alarm is also standard. You can check out the full release after the jump and the gallery of high-res photos below.



BRENTWOOD, Essex, 15 December, 2008 - Ford's fastest-ever European production car, the 2009 Focus RS, will be priced from £24,995 when it goes on sale in the UK in March.

The new Focus RS is the first Ford to wear the famous Rallye Sport badge since the first-generation Focus RS was launched seven years ago, and the 22nd since 1970.

RS denotes a distinctive blend of high performance, road-holding, refinement, safety and value for money, and reflects a proud tradition of successful motor sports involvement that continues to the present day.

Under the bonnet of the Ford Focus RS is a turbocharged 2.5-litre, five-cylinder Duratec petrol engine, with a confirmed 305PS and 440Nm peak torque. Features include unique camshafts and a revised cylinder head and gasket, intake and manifold system.

Front-wheel-driven through a six-speed transmission, the Focus RS accelerates from 0-62mph in under six seconds and has a targeted top speed of over 160mph.

A class-leading balance of traction, sports handling and performance is achieved through the combination of a Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing limited-slip differential and innovative RevoKnuckle front-suspension system.

These features are complemented by a wider track, enhanced drive-shafts and rear anti-roll bar, revised springs and dampers and retuned steering, while a specially developed version of Ford's Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Traction Assist (TA) provides added assurance.

Uprated disc brakes – 336mm ventilated front and 300mm rear – combine with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) to supply a reassuringly high degree of stopping power.

Taking its place as the top-of-the-range Focus, the RS will be immediately distinguishable on the road, with its unique bonnet, front bumper and side skirts. Also unique to the model are its 19-inch alloy wheels, shod with 235/35 tyres.

The rear twin-bladed spoiler - the continuation of an RS tradition – and the power/heated door mirrors are also distinctive, with their high-gloss black finish.

Xenon headlights with automatic levelling and jet-wash are provided, with LED lights at the rear. Dual chrome tailpipes add a further sporting dash.

A Quickclear heated windscreen is fitted, and privacy glass for the rear. A Ford Easy Fill fuelling system removes any risk of costly mis-fuelling errors at the pump.

The driver and front passenger benefit from unique Recaro sports seats, with side bolsters trimmed to match the colour of the car – green for Ultimate Green models, blue for those finished in Performance Blue or Frozen White. Rear passengers are comfortably accommodated in a sculpted Recaro-style seat.

A manual air-conditioning system is provided, and in-car entertainment in the form of a Sony radio and six-disc CD player with DAB. A Ford Power button allows for keyless engine ignition, and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm is standard.

A £750 Luxury Pack includes the options of Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (DEATC) air-conditioning; automatic headlights; rain-sensor wipers; auto-dim rear-view mirror; rear parking-distance sensors; tyre deflation-detection; and a Ford Key-Free system. The £1,500 version of the Luxury Pack adds in a Touchscreen DVD Navigation System, with seven-inch touch-screen.

Other optional extras include partially leather-trimmed seats at £500 and, for £200, Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and USB port. Specifying a metallic version of the Performance Blue paintwork costs £395, while a Tri-Coat Metallic Ultimate Green finish carries a £695 price tag.

The standard price of the flagship Focus RS compares with £20,408 for the ST3, the existing top-of-the-range Focus.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      the 09 focus ST is for sell in Mexico its about 28k. with 225 hp and its sold at the same price as the base model mustang in Mexico as well. so If they have it Mexico, which is just across the border, why don't we have this focus here?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Man I wish they brought these over here!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ya, nobody stateside would E-V-E-R want something like that.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Expensive, but quite likeable - as are most American cars sold abroad...

      (Strange, that.)

      300hp on a front-driver is nonsense, though; where's the 4WD ?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yea, agreed, torque steer?

        I remember they had a article stating they limited it as much as possible but still damn that is a lot of power to the front wheels.
      • 6 Years Ago
      When is FORD going to realize they are missing the boat by letting beautiful and wonderful cars like these fester overseas! No offense to the rest of the world, but FORD Started here in the USA!

      I makes me so mad that FORD gives us the warmed over crap they call a focus here and then has a beast of a vehicle over seas.

      They need to bring the new focus here as a base model and then follow suit with the RS and then keep the price at about the same the Mazdaspeed3 is at. Although FORD will lose some money the shear volume it will gain will even out its loss. I should be the CEO of FORD (kidding, but come on am I really off the mark that much)
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's kinda sad to see a car like this and wish that it could have been offered here, and then be hit with the reality that there's no way that's going to happen, unless you want to buy one through the gray market at an insanely high price and with the fear that the Feds and Ford's legal thugs will come looking for you. Saying all that, please Autoblog don't tease us with eye candy like this. You know we can only look but not touch.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This car and Focus 1.6 TDCi are reasons I will not buy Ford vehicle here in US
        Astra 1.7 CDTi is the reason I will not buy GM vehicle in US
        Chrysler 300 CRD wagon is the reason I will not buy Chrysler vehicle in US
        Honda Civic 2.2 i-CTDi (european design) is the reason I will not buy Honda vehicle in US
        BMW 123d hatchback is the reason why I will not buy BMW vehicle in US
        Audi A4 TDI sedan is the reason I will not buy Audi vehicle in US

        And many more ...

        It has nothing to do with patriotism, it has all to do with being treated as a brain dead idiot by all these companies. Fortunately, I didn't need to compromise and I did get the car here exactly as-is in Europe.

        When I was buying 2 years ago there were exactly 2 vehicles that I would consider buying because they were exact same model and engine sold in Europe. Today, 2 years later, those are the same 2 "choices".

        All things considered, if they don't wake up and start treating American customer as they treat customers elsewhere, my next car shopping might be done in Mexico or Canada.
      • 6 Years Ago
      nice car but civic cost only 17,000 because of no UAW , heh heh hheh
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow, bashing domestics, favoring imports, and bashing the UAW in one entire ignorant sentence. Good job, FOREIGNER, you pointless troll.
        • 6 Years Ago
        An Aveo costs $10k, since apparently we're not taking things like performance into account (not that the converted price means *anything* here).
        • 6 Years Ago
        ouch.....as good as the Civic is, I'd take a Euro Spec Focus any day. Much like I would take the new Fiesta over the Fit. Too bad the name sucks........
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well Tokyo Rose, this car is built in Europe so no UAW there either you stupid c*nt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It would probably be more around $22-24k here in the USA. As has been said, straight conversions is not how cars sell between countries. This would most definitely compete against the Mazdaspeed3 and Cobalt SS.

        • 6 Years Ago
        The Mazda3 MPS (Mazdaspeed 3) is £18,601 in UK. This car is 40% more expensive.

        How again are you saying it'd be price comparable to a Mazdaspeed3 or Cobalt SS?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This makes me sad every time I see the U.S. Focus.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Why not build the US market Euro Fords in Mexico since labor and production costs are less there?
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still think it looks best in lime green or sunburn orange.
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